Record Breaking Heat in Alaska


In the past few months, it hasn't been difficult to find people complaining about the weather. The snow was late, but then it lasted too long. It was cold, but then it thawed too early, then froze again.

Tuesday, while the record-breaking temperatures persisted, most people didn't have anything negative to say.

As Alaska hits more extreme temperatures, Alaskans are reluctant to complain. Most agree that the hot summer is a little strange.

At Jewel Lake on Tuesday afternoon, the beach was crowded with sunbathers and parents watching their children splash and build sand castles. The beachgoers were thrilled to be weeks into sunshine and clear skies; Eleazar Torino described it as "phenomenal." He's been in Alaska since 1989 and hasn't seen a summer like this before.

It took just a short time to change the climate. A month ago, Southcentral had a late-season snowstorm in a normally warmer month. Those memories seemed pretty fresh with beachgoers like Joanne Henning. "I think it's amazing and wonderful," she said. "We deserve this hot weather."

Those who have lived in Alaska their whole lives admit it's weird. Anita Persson said she hates to complain. "It was never this warm, so it's a little scary," she said.

Though the pattern is strange, people were reluctant to wish for winter. Manuel Marcelo said it's important to get some sun while we still can. "It's such a short time we can enjoy the sun here in Alaska, so we enjoy it as much as we can -- no complaints."

Everyone is aware that days like this will soon be a distant memory.

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